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I know there have been a bunch of threads on the subject but they all seem to be mainly for tall rider or short riders.

The factory seat on my 2014 SGS simply wasn't comfortable especially for my wife on back. I'd had a Saddlemen Explorer seat on my Dyna that while comfortable was UGLY so I ordered a Saddlemen Road Sofa Low with back rest and it was great until the first time I drove over 2.5 hours. Then my butt started hurting a lot right on the two bones.

Contacted the Mean City guys that everyone talks about and they can't work on a Saddlemen Seat.

I'm 5'8" 180#s. 32" inseam.
 

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Look at www.diannasshop.com.

She redid my brother's seat and he is just about the same size as you. I do not know if she will do a Saddlemen or not. Most folks who re do seat won't touch a Corbin or Le Pera. Her quality of work is impressive.
 

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Thanks for opening the seat discussion again. I did just one long ride so far over 250 miles and I could hardly walk had the same pain as you. I'm a little short on $$$ right now so a new seat is out. I'm shopping for a gel pad now hoping that will help. Best of luck and post if you find a solution.

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Stock seat kills my butt and back, but the Zepp seat I now have lets me ride all day with minimal numbness that is probably more related to age than seat. Not sure if they have one for that bike, though (yet). A back rest is a must (at least for me).
 

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I had my seat redone by local shop and had butt buffer inserted in it front and back. Wife was good for two hour rides but after that had soreness so I picked up an air hawk pad for on top of seat and we just come back from a six hour ride from Kentucky and she said it was awesome. Try an air hawk for 100$ before gettin to crazy on seats. Jmho
 

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My brother in law gave me a Alaska Sheepskin to try. I'll try that for awhile then consider options if no improvement. Thanks.
 

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Try an air hawk for 100$ before gettin to crazy on seats. Jmho
Okay. I just had to google it and this is what came up. Now I'm interested. :)

 

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The only problem I see with the road zeppelin is my tiny little legs wouldn't reach the ground. As it is now with the Saddlemen seat unless I slide right up to the very front I'm on the balls of my feet when stopped. Sure they dropped the seat height but they added side padding where it wasn't needed.
 

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I've heard the hammock sits higher than stock.

And have you taken any long rides with it?
The Hammock works for me. I also use a backrest on road trips. I have done multiple consecutive 500+ mile per day trips and I'm pleased with it. There may be a better seat out there, but how many can you try at $500 a pop?

Many Harley dealers have a seat demo program so you may be able to try one before you buy it.

I'm 5'10'' with 30" inseam and I can flatfoot my Road King with the Hammock. I also have 2013 Limited rear shocks, so my bike is not lower than stock.

I believe a motorcycle inherently is not going to be as comfortable as a cage, so some determination and stamina (stubbornness) is necessary for more grueling road trips. And I ain't ridin' no Gold Wing--rather just take the car.

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I am not happy with my limited seat, just trying to squirrel away 700 for a mustang w\ backrest.
Seems like lot of $$ to have to spend after forking over 26k...
 

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The Hammock works for me. I also use a backrest on road trips. I have done multiple consecutive 500+ mile per day trips and I'm pleased with it. There may be a better seat out there, but how many can you try at $500 a pop?

Many Harley dealers have a seat demo program so you may be able to try one before you buy it.

I'm 5'10'' with 30" inseam and I can flatfoot my Road King with the Hammock. I also have 2013 Limited rear shocks, so my bike is not lower than stock.

I believe a motorcycle inherently is not going to be as comfortable as a cage, so some determination and stamina (stubbornness) is necessary for more grueling road trips. And I ain't ridin' no Gold Wing--rather just take the car.

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I don't expect it to be as comfortable as my cage. I do expect to be able to find something that was at least as comfortable as my Dyna was. And was hoping to find something that wasn't as butt ugly as the Saddlemen Explorer seat I had on the Dyna. They could have at least used black neoprene instead of gray.

I will give the Hammock a look though.
 

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I had my seat lowered a few years ago because of my height (5'7" with 29" inseam). It was great except on long rides. I tried a few seats on my Ultra Limited from the dealer, but they sat me too high. And one of them wouldn't fit with my passenger grab rails.
I bought an Airhawk seat pad and for local riding it was great. I'm on my first trip with it now and rode 5.5 hours on it and it worked really well. No pain.
It does raise me up a bit, but actually if you read the directions carefully on the Airhawk it will tell you NOT to fill it up completely. You actually barely put any air in it. So it doesn't raise me up too much. Time will tell. I still have about 2,500 miles to go on this trip over the next week and a half, with my longest day being 12 hours. So I hope it keeps working for me.
 
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